Friday, 1 January 2016

2016 Events In Bath

January is typically the time to start thinking about where to go for the summer holiday. But a stay in Bath doesn’t have to be limited to just the summer months. Whenever you visit Bath there is bound to be something going on. So while you’re looking at where to go for a getaway this year, why not consider booking a couple of short breaks as well and come and stay in Bath while one of these big events is going on?

Bath Literature Festival: February 26th – March 6th 
The big names in the literary world come to Bath to discuss writing techniques, new releases and old favourites. Workshops, literary walks and other cultural delicacies guaranteed:

Bath Half Marathon – March 13th
For those taking part in the race itself definitely book up your room early (and make sure it’s a comfy one – you deserve it and you’ll need it). Also a great opportunity for spectators and supporters to see some live music in the midst of a big crowd vibe. This year is the second ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition which will see six local bands playing in locations around the course, and the Samba Sulis drummers will also be in attendance.

Bath International Music Festival: May 20th – May 30th 
Jazz, acoustic folk, classical, tropical-gypsy-dance – you name it, this festival has it. Taking place at locations all around Bath, the full programme is yet to be released but information on last year’s festival can be found here:

Bath Fringe Festival: May 27th – June 12th 
This is a Fringe of the classic kind – where anyone can submit an event so long as they can organize all of the practicalities. Expect the best quality and a huge variety. The programme will be available online from April at

Jane Austen Festival: September 9th – 18th
Costumed promenades, theatre performances and live readings. A spectacle not to be missed and one whose fans come year on year to be a part of. 

Bath Children’s Literature Festival: September 30th – October 9th
Great for young and young-at-heart, this festival sells out fast! With appearances from the likes of Michael Morpurgo and Julia Donaldson you’ll need to be quick to ensure you can get good accommodation and tickets to the top events. The programme will be published here: 

The Great Bath Feast: Throughout September
September really is a good month to visit Bath. Austen, children’s books, and to top it all off there will be culinary excellence in the spotlight for the whole month. Last year included Persian feasts and tipsy teas at Sally Lunn’s.

Mozart Festival: November 11th-19th
Some of Mozart’s most famous pieces performed in the Georgian grandeur of Bath by a selection of top musicians of our age. Classical music as it ought to be – live and passionate.

Bath Christmas Market: Around the beginning of December

Possibly the most popular event of the year in Bath. Rooms go quickly but this is one not to be missed. It really is a cut above your average Christmas market.  Our advice if you want to go: it’s never too early to book ahead and be on the safe side.

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